Feb 10 2010

Alternative Spring Break Info Session

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Come and learn how you can lend a hand to Oregon by attending the OSU Community Service Center’s Alternative Spring Break trips info session. We have two great opportunities this 2010 break: a 2-3 day trip to Woodburn, OR and a week long trip around Oregon doing a variety of service projects along with University of Oregon students. Join us for our info session! Refreshments will be provided.

Check out the Facebook Event: Alternative Spring Break Info Session and add yourself to the guest list
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Feb 10 2010

Our MLK, Jr. Kids for Equality Project Video

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Jan 19 2010

A Day For Equality & Community | MLK, Jr. 2010 Celebration

For us here at the Community Service Center we were excited to see a story about one of the MLK, Jr. celebration events, that we co-sponsored this year, on the front page of the Gazette Times today.

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Community Honors MLK Jr.
Lessons in equality


By Raju Woodward, Gazette-Times Reporter | Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:00 am

Lucy VanTress, 3, and brother Willie, 2, collaborate on painting a bowl Monday morning at the Native American Longhouse as part of the Kids for Equality events for Martin Luther King Day. (Jesse Skoubo/Gazette-Times)

Lucy VanTress, 3, and brother Willie, 2, collaborate on painting a bowl Monday morning at the Native American Longhouse as part of the Kids for Equality events for Martin Luther King Day. (Jesse Skoubo/Gazette-Times)

Lucy VanTress eagerly took her paintbrush and splashed a bold mixture of colors all over her ceramic bowl.

Smiling and laughing, the 3-year-old was clearly enjoying herself Monday afternoon, as she received an early lesson about fighting inequality. The timing of her lesson was a fitting one for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which has been a federally recognized holiday since 1986.

VanTress was one of nine children participating in a “Kids for Equality” event at the Native American Longhouse at Oregon State University. The children, who were ages 2 to 12, painted bowls to be donated to OSU’s 2010 “Empty Bowls” dinner award banquet, scheduled for March. Empty Bowls is a nationwide campaign that aims to help feed the hungry.

“She understands that some people don’t have as much food as she does,” said Lucy’s mother, Courtney VanTress. “This helps bring up things that wouldn’t be parts of normal conversations for her.”

The event at the Native American Longhouse was one of several scheduled Monday at OSU to celebrate King’s birthday, which was Friday. Other events included a peace breakfast, birthday party, a candlelight vigil and a round table discussion. Events will continue throughout this week on campus as part of OSU’s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Yesenia Chavez, the Associated Students of Oregon State University multicultural affairs director, said this was the second year the longhouse hosted an event for kids.

“His philosophies and ideas connected people and have impacted us all,” Chavez said. “So it’s always fun to have kids here and share those things with them.”

Off campus, Benton County residents participated in various community service events Monday to honor King’s legacy, such as showing up at Willamette Park in the morning to help clear ivy from Trillium Trail. Since 1995, Martin Luther King Day has also been known as King Day of Service.

Back at the longhouse, Kristine Hong, 12, was putting the finishing touches on her bowl, which had the letters “H-E-L-L-O” wrapped around it, followed by a peace symbol.

Her slow, deliberate pace illustrated the pride she was taking in her work, which Hong attributed to the fact that her bowl was going toward a good cause.

“It’s great to be helping someone,” Hong said. “Dr. King is a hero to me because he tried to help people, too.”

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Jan 14 2010

210 Peace Corps Volunteers Called Oregon Home In 2009

Peace Corps volunteer numbers soar in Corvallis
Town finishes second per capita, Oregon finishes fifth in number of volunteers nationwide in 2009

By: Ryan Gunderson

Posted: 1/13/10

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The Peace Corps recently announced the top volunteer-producing metropolitan areas and states in 2009. The greater Corvallis area was ranked as second in volunteers per capita, finishing only behind Ithaca, N.Y.

In Corvallis, 11.0 out of every 100,000 citizens volunteered in the Peace Corps in 2009, working in one of the 76 countries currently being occupied. The city of Corvallis had 52,950 residents as of 2003, according to a survey conducted by the Oregon Secretary of State.

“A lot of it has to do with having a university in the town,” said Melanie Forthun, a Peace Corps public affairs specialist. According to the official website of the Peace Corps, 93 percent of volunteers are single or unmarried, which also describes many college students at OSU.

The state of Oregon finished fifth in per capita in the ratings. Out of all current Peace Corps volunteers, 210 call Oregon home.

“The application process is not easy,” Forthun said. “It includes a written application and interview process, as well as legal and health background checks. Then we look into the education you have and how that could be useful in one of the places where the Peace Corps are currently in need of that service.”

The Peace Corps’ roots can be traced back to 1961 at the University of Michigan, where John F. Kennedy challenged Michigan students to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. Since then, nearly 200,000 people have volunteered in 139 countries.

“Oregon State has great programs that correlate well with the Peace Corps’ mission, from health to education to the forestry program,” said Forthun. “In fact, OSU just joined the Peace Corps Master’s International program in the College of Forestry.”

The program, Master’s International, is more than 20 years old and already includes over 60 academic institutions nationwide, according to their official website. OSU graduate students in forestry can study in one of three new programs while also completing a 27-month service project in the Peace Corps, typically in Africa or Latin America, according to information from OSU.

David Zahler, a senior instructor in the College of Forestry at OSU, said in a press release that the Peace Corps has stated that forestry is area needing more help. The Peace Corps’ website also shows that agriculture and environment volunteer areas account for less than a quarter of the volunteering currently taking place.

For more information about the Peace Corps or Master’s International, visit the Peace Corps’ website at http://www.peacecorps.gov.

Ryan Gunderson, staff writer

737-2231, news@dailybarometer.com © Copyright 2010 The Daily Barometer

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Jan 13 2010

Celebrating MLK Jr. Starts Tonight!

Come join the Community Service Center and the Corvallis community in a night of celebration for MLK Jr. Day. Our environmental coordinator, Kyle Ireton, will be speaking on behalf of the center with other local dignitaries, including Corvallis Mayor Charlie Tomlinson.

Snapshot 2010-01-13 10-19-26

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Jan 12 2010

2010 OSU Nonprofit & Volunteer Expo | Hope to see you there!


Nonprofit and Volunteer Expo 2010

NonprofitExpo
January 28, 2010 2:00 – 5:00 PM
OSU Memorial Union Ballroom (on Jefferson between Waldo Place and 26th Street)

Please join us at the fourth annual OSU Nonprofit & Volunteer Expo on January 28, 2010. For the past three years, approximately 50 local and nationwide non- profits have attended the expo to recruit volunteers, interns, and graduates, and educate Oregon State students about career options in the non-profit and public sectors. The Nonprofit & Volunteer Expo is a joint effort between Career Services and the Community Service Center (CSC), a student-led leadership program on campus.

Agenda:

12:30-1:00 Keynote: Mayor Charles Tomlinson, “How Service Can Serve You”. Food provided for attendees.

1:00-2:00 Workshop: Careers in the Nonprofit Sector

2:00-3:00 Panel Discussuion: Representatives from Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America

2:00-5:00 Expo: Representatives from nonprofit organizations meet with students and OSU community

Getting involved with nonprofit organizations not only helps others and the community, it is a great way to develop professionally. Come learn about opportunities to volunteer, intern and work for nonprofit and socially responsible organizations. Click here for the most current list of attending organizations.

Faculty

Volunteering and interning with nonprofit organizations is a great way to apply classroom learning and passion for social justice. Please encourage students to attend the Expo and engage with representatives as a way to explore options.


Accommodations requests related to a disability should be made to OSU Career Services, 541-737-4085 by January 14, 2010.

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Dec 08 2009

A Volunteer Guide Compliments of Idealist.org

What is volunteering?

Asking, “What is volunteering?” is like asking, “What’s a sport?” There are some basic similarities between all sports (they all have some rules, they all involve physical activity), but most sports are very different from each other. Just think about the differences between soccer and ice hockey. Volunteering is similar—there are thousands of examples of volunteer opportunities. The one basic similarity among all volunteer opportunities is this: volunteering involves you offering to give, or volunteer, some of your free time and skills to help your community. You can define your community any way you like- your neighborhood, your town, your country, or even the global community.

Why volunteer?

Almost every organization lacks the resources—both financial and human—to accomplish everything they’d like to do. Having volunteers helps them get closer to achieving their goals. When you volunteer, someone or a whole bunch of someones benefit from your participation- an old person you visit in the retirement home, the over grown hiking trail that you help to clear, the campaign you’re working on to save the rainforests, or the student that you are helping to learn how to read. Helping others also feels good and gives you a broader perspective on what’s happening in the world around you. Finally, volunteering gives you experience that schools and employers like to see on resumes.

What’s involved in volunteering?

The most important part of volunteering is your commitment. Whether it’s an hour once a year helping with a cleanup project, or mentoring two hours a week, when you commit to a project, you should be confident that you can make the commitment. This is important because, although you’re volunteering your time, people are relying on you, and your not showing up effects them as well.

Beyond commitment, the sky is really the limit in terms of what is involved in volunteering. Think about what interests you or check out the listings on Idealist to see what’s out there. You can read to first graders, visit people in a retirement home, work in a village in Guatemala, weed a community garden, design Web sites, or start your own project to help your community.

What kinds of volunteer opportunities are available- and how much time does it take?

One day projects or events: Examples of one day events are Earth Day, where communities around the world volunteer to clean up their communities, and Global Youth Service Day, where kids choose projects to work on in their communities. However, most one-day projects or events are usually more locally focused. They bring a group of people together to do something that will benefit the community, such as cleaning up a park. There is no commitment required beyond that specific day.

On-going volunteer opportunities
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Many organizations offer on-going volunteer opportunities where you agree to be at a certain place, doing a specific thing for a set time each week or month. Examples are tutoring twice a week, working at a shelter once a month and answering a hotline a couple of evenings a week. Keep in mind that when you agree to volunteer on a regular basis, people are counting on you. Make sure that you have the time and the interest to commit.

Volunteering outside of your town or country: Usually for kids 14 and older, these are opportunities where you can spend weeks or months volunteering in a community beyond your own- this can be either during the summer vacations, after graduation or during school breaks. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to pay for your travel expenses.

Service learning: Service learning may involve getting academic credit for volunteering in your community. Many schools have established programs with local organizations to provide opportunities for service learning projects for their students.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

If you’re reading this, you’re old enough to volunteer. That said, there are volunteer opportunities designed for some ages and not others. For example, most volunteer abroad programs are offered to people 16 years or older. If you’re in elementary school or middle school, you should probably talk to your parents or teacher about places you might be able to volunteer.

More and more organizations are including volunteer opportunities for kids and teens, and if an organization that you are interested in doesn’t have anything listed, you should contact them anyway and see if between the both of you, you can figure out a way to get involved with the organization.

How / where can I find a volunteer opportunity

Check out this section of our Volunteer Center to learn ways to find the perfect volunteer opportunity.

Or, if you’re not sure what you want to do, you should look into volunteer organizations. Their sole purpose is to help kids get involved in volunteering and helping their community. Browsing through these sites will give you an idea of what’s out there.

Avoid burnout

If you find that you are losing interest in the opportunity, or it isn’t turning out to be what you thought it was, or if you have any other issues, don’t hesitate to discuss your thoughts with your volunteer coordinator. Remember that you are volunteering because you want to and you should be enjoying the work. If you’re not, in the long run that’s not going to help anybody- you’ll be unhappy and the people you’re working with will probably feel it, and that’s not good. If you’re not interested in the volunteer opportunity, arrange with your volunteer coordinator to either take a break, or to stop and try something different- there’s so much out there to try.

See a problem in your community that you think you have a solution for?

If you’ve noticed a problem in your community and you think you have a solution for it- great! How about starting your own project to turn that idea into action? Remember that every organization that exists today was somebody’s idea. There are millions of organizations around the world, millions of ideas in action. Why not give yours a try?

Click here to see organizations started by kids who put their ideas into action and resources to help you get started on your own project.

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Nov 20 2009

Building a Habitat

Tomorrow a group of 10 volunteers plus many more from Habitat for Humanity are coming together for a building day at 286 SW Tunison Ave. Corvallis, OR 97330. We will be ready to start at 9:00 am and the day will end around 3:00 pm. It will be a great way to meet other individuals in the community who volunteer their time as well. Video and photos will be posted soon afterward.

Here are a few photos from Make A Difference Day project at Oak Creek.

Cleaning Up Oak Creek Cleanup

Oak Creek Cleanup

The group of volunteers!

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Nov 20 2009

Helping Shade Corvallis

Check out past weekend’s volunteer tree planting in downtown Corvallis! Awesome work. Don’t forget there are always opportunities to plant trees popping up so don’t hesitate to ask us. Video provided by the wonderful Alan Calvert.

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Nov 03 2009

Looking for “Arresting Officers” | MDA volunteer opportunity

Hey everyone there is a great (and fun!) volunteer opportunity coming up this Thursday, Nov. 5th, for The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Sounds like a blast … Here are the details so check it out! If you are interested contact information is below:

What:Corvallis Lock-Up for MDA (jail themed fundraiser)

Need: 5-10 volunteers to act as “Arresting Officers” for our jail themed event

When: this Thursday, November 5th

Times: 8:30am until about 4pm (if you are not able to make it the entire day, please let me know and I can work around your schedule).

Where: El Sol de Mexico (1597 NW 9th St)

Info: Drivers/Arresting Officers- will meet Jenelle at El Sol de Mexico at 8:30am and will follow her to either Wilson Motors or John & Phil’s Toyota (they are donating cars for us to borrow).
Please bring valid driver’s license as the dealerships will need a copy of it. You will be given “arrest warrants” and maps to pick-up our jailbirds and bring them down to the jail cell at El Sol de Mexico. Once the jailbird has done their time, you will return them to their place of business. This job is a lot of fun and we ask that you make a big deal when you are arresting them!

Dress: Please feel free to wear what you are comfortable in, we will provide T-shirts for you

MDA: The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a volunteer health agency aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases. The MDA provides local clinics and summer camps as well as wheelchair
repairs and leg braces to those affected with a form of Muscular Dystrophy.

Contact:If you are interested, please contact Jenelle Ehlers at 541-686-2753 or jehlers@mdausa.org as soon as possible to confirm.

You can check out more information on MDA here: http://www.mda.org

Makenzie Marineau
Communications Coordinator
Community Service Center
Snell Hall 241
Oregon State University
Cell 541-404-0033

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi

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